New break of day for Botswana’s COVID-19 response

Gaborone, Botswana – 27 March 2021 – A shipment of 24 000 doses of the AstraZeneca South Korea COVID-19 Vaccine, has arrived at the Sir Seretse Khama Global Airport in Gaborone. Bought from SKBioscience in South Korea, it is the predominant shipment of 100 000 vaccines purchased by the Govt of Botswana, enabled thru the COVAX Facility.

Whereas receiving the COVAX consignment, Vice President Slumber Tsogwane remarked that the vaccines have faith been acquired by the Govt of Botswana so as to vaccinate all americans within the entire inhabitants. He moreover affirmed President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s procedure to construct all that’s severe to set lives, at the side of foregoing deliberate building initiatives.

The shipment is the predominant of many who will doubtless be dispensed to Botswana within the impending months thru the COVAX Facility. The flexibility is working to lumber the growth of and get entry to to COVID-19 vaccines. It’s co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Effectively being Group (WHO) working in partnership with UNICEF as smartly as the World Financial institution, manufacturers, civil society organizations, and others.

“WHO and the COVAX partners are overjoyed to abet the Govt of Botswana in combating COVID-19. These vaccines will complement the different public health measures at the side of carrying masks, hand washing, and social distancing. Botswana has performed a tall job in its efforts to manage the illness and roll-out vaccination. We commend their efforts and reaffirm our dedication to abet them extra,” acknowledged Dr. Josephine Namboze, WHO Country Consultant in Botswana.

Right here’s the 2nd batch of vaccines that entered the country this month. On 9 March Botswana acquired a donation of 30 000 COVID-19 vaccines from India. The Covishield vaccines are the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured within the neighborhood by the Serum Institute of India, the arena’s greatest vaccine producer.

Previously yr, over 36 000 of us had been infected, over 500 lives lost, gradual growth within the financial system, and disruptions to daily life. The COVAX Facility plans to carry at the very least 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the close of this yr. Right here’s an excellent world effort to construct run voters worldwide have faith get entry to to vaccines and that lives could very smartly be saved. The appearance of the COVID-19 vaccine and the speedy roll-out of a detailed vaccination notion gives unique hope within the persevering with fight against the pandemic in Botswana.

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